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The Proton S16 sedan will become Australia’s cheapest car when it goes on sale in December for $11,990 drive away.

The four-door sedan is powered by a 1.6-litre twin cam petrol engine, producing 82kW and averaging 6.3 litres/100km.

Proton Cars Australia general manager of sales and operations Billy Falconer says the S16 is a unique prospect and offers great value for Australian motorists.

“S16 will be the only new four-door sedan available in Australia for less than $16,000 and will outpoint low-cost hatches and three-door models by offering a 1.6-litre engine and great equipment levels," said Mr Falconer.

But the sub-$12,000 price tag is for a limited time only, with the manual GX model due for an upgrade in July 2010.

Despite this, Mr Falconer says interest in the new baby sedan has been strong.

“Our dealer network has embraced the new S16 already and there is a two month waiting list on dealer stock.”

The GX manual will be joined by an automatic in February, both cars coming standard with power steering, drivers SRS airbag, remote central locking with immobiliser and alarm and a CD player.

The refreshed line-up in July will welcome the higher-spec GXR model, which scores dual SRS airbags and ABS as well as alloy wheels, reverse sensors and fog lamps.